Opportunity Village to Welcome in the New Season with 3rd Annual “IT’s Spring Garden Party” on March 21

March 15, 2015 by  

Opportunity Village to Welcome in the New Season with 3rd Annual "IT’s Spring Garden Party" on March 21
Opportunity Village
, Vegas’ favorite charity, in conjunction with IT Girls, an organization comprised of female advocates, will host the 3rd annual IT’s Spring Garden Party

The event will take place on Saturday, March 21 from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Ralph and Betty Engelstad Campus, 6050 S. Buffalo Dr.

The IT’s Spring Garden Party will feature a blossoming boutique showcasing local vendors including The SunDee Morning Hat Company, MoeKrafty, Lynn Rosencrantz Designs, Doterra, Ladies Who Dine –  Candles for a Purpose, LilyCarol Designs by Carol Sheehan, Las Vegas Fruits & Nuts, UR Sweet Madness LLC, and YOUniquelyU. The celebration will present a luncheon prepared by Culinary Arts Catering followed by a trendy fashion show styled by the Opportunity Village Thrift Store and modeled by OVIPs. During the Fashion Show, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase the styled outfits for the OVIPs to take home.  The afternoon will conclude with a raffle of fabulous prizes.

The cost of the event is $75 per person or $600 for a table of ten. The public can purchase tickets by emailing Charlene Blackstone at or by calling (702) 880-4068. All proceeds go directly to support people with intellectual disabilities at Opportunity Village.

This garden party is presented by the IT Girls and sponsored by Opportunity Village, Las Vegas Review Journal, FOX 5 Las Vegas, MJ Christensen Diamonds, Luxury Las Vegas, Culinary Arts Catering, and stylist Jenna Doughton.

Founded in 2007, the IT Girls are a group of thoughtful and caring women, who have come together in Las Vegas, who strive to deliver a message to the community that replaces fear with understanding and compassion.  The intention is to spread the word that people with intellectual disabilities are a gift to all. The IT Girls and the community help enhance the lives of people with disabilities by recognizing them for the unique and special talents they possess and empowering them through their efforts and understanding. To learn more visit

Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people within our community with significant intellectual disabilities, to improve their lives and the lives of their families.

Opportunity Village was founded in 1954 by seven families who were determined to give their children with disabilities the best lives possible. Now, 60 years later, Opportunity Village is one of the most recognized and respected organizations of its type in the United States.

Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities, Opportunity Village serves more than 3,000 individuals annually, providing vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services that make their lives more purposeful and interesting.

Opportunity Village citizens – individuals who were previously considered unemployable – work at Opportunity Village’s Employment Resource Centers and in jobs throughout the community, collectively earning wages amounting to more than $6.5 million in 2013. They are hard-working and diligent, proudly paying taxes and happily leading more fulfilling lives.

Primarily a self-funded organization, Opportunity Village generates the majority of its operational funding through its employment contracts and fundraising efforts such as the Magical Forest and Great Santa Run, saving Nevada taxpayers more than $40 million annually.

To learn more visit

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